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Freedom House believes that the law on e-declaration gives politicians the opportunity to avenge anti-corruption activists

28.03.2017, 12:30

International human rights organization Freedom House believes that signed bill No. 6172 on amending Article 3 of the law on prevention of corruption obliges individuals who receive funds and/or property for anti-corruption activities, in particular, heads of relevant public organizations, to file data on property and incomes, increase government control on these organizations and enables politicians to avenge them. Freedom House said in a statement published after the President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law.

“Ukraine’s passage of intrusive reporting requirements targeting anti-corruption activists and NGOs undermines their work, which is essential for restoring public trust in the government," said Marc Behrendt, director of Eurasia programs at Freedom House.

“The new requirements protect politicians unhappy with public scrutiny and allow them to retaliate against those involved in anti-corruption investigations. Moreover, the law appears to violate standards established by the Council of Europe, which prohibit arbitrary and discriminatory intrusion into independent civil society activity.” - goes in a statement.

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